There was no joy in Connecticut for the Essex Organization this weekend. On Saturday the Beaneaters traveled to Colt Meadows to take on the always dangerous Hartford Senators. The game was a back and forth affair with one team scoring only to have their lead taken away the next. With the Beaneaters down in the top of the ninth by two rookie Ryan Sifferlin came to the plate and delivered a two run double to tie it at 10. In the 11th the Beaneaters once again took the lead but in the bottom of the inning the Senators were able to plate a run to once again tie the game. In the bottom of the 12th the Senators were able to score a run and take the game. It was a well played game on both sides and we would like to thank the Senators for a great day of baseball.
Sunday the Essex Base Ball Club took on the always tough Waterbury Connors. Most of the Essex Nine had played for the Beaneaters the previous day and the heat and the previous days game showed in the first game against the Connors. The game was a blowout with the Connors running out to a 12-2 victory. The second game was a battle with the two teams exchanging runs until the 9th inning when the Connors pulled ahead with a walk off double.
The Beaneaters return to action on Saturday as they travel to Westfield to take on the Wheelmen. On Sunday the Essex Nine travel to Ipswich to take on the Ipswich Brewers at 4pm at Raymond Fields 94 Essex Rd (Route133) in Ipswich. The game is sponsored by the Ipswich Museum.
On July 11th both the Lynn Live Oaks and Essex Base Ball Club headed to Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury for a vintage base ball tripleheader. The first game saw the Live Oaks matched up against the Ipswich Brewers. The game was back and forth for an inning or two but the experience of the Oaks carried the day. The second game was a battle for the ages with the Oaks taking on the Essex Nine. The Oaks took an early lead but the Essex Nine battled back. The Live Oaks did not fade away and retook the lead in the mid innings, but in the top of the 9th the Essex Nine scored three runs to take a 6-4 lead that they did not squander in the bottom of the 9th. The last game was the Essex Nine vs. the Brewers and the experience of the Essex guys won the day. It was a fine day had by all.
Tuesday July 13th members of the Essex Organization and John Shannahan of Mudville did a demonstration on the Boston Common to support the Friends of the Public Gardens.
The Beaneaters return to action the 17th as they travel to Hartford to take on the Hartford Senators at the beautiful Colt Meadows. On the 18th Essex travels to Waterbury to take on the always tough Connors.
We would also like to send out our best wishes to Rob “Stumbles” Michaud who got married on July 10th. All the best to him and his new wife.
The Essex Nine traveled to Freeport Maine the weekend of June 26th and 27th for a series of exhibitions for the Freeport Historical Society. On Saturday Cappy, Monkey, and Greybeard participated in a kids demo at the LLBean baseball field. 25 or so little league aged kids got to learn about 19th century baseball and play 9 innings with the guys. The kids had a great time and the guys enjoyed the day.
Sunday we were matched up against the Dirigo BBC of Augusta. The field had some strange dimensions and the outfields at times were lost in the grass but overall the day was a success with a large crowd, great music by Over the Cardboard Sea, and a good game. Hopefully the weekend will lead to some interest in Southern Maine. Read all about the game in the Portland paper June 28 Portland Press Herald
Essex and Lynn return to action Sunday July 11th for a tripleheader at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury beginning at 12pm. Admission is $3 and as always the Ipswich Ale tapmobile will be on hand passing out samples. 12pm Lynn Live Oaks vs. Ipswich Brewers 1:30 Lynn vs. Essex 3pm Essex vs. Ipswich